SoCo Music Project is all about people… without our dedicated team of staff and volunteers we wouldn’t exist. Find out more about the people that make it happen, and if you want to get involved, please get in touch.
Jon has a wealth of music experience, as well as a background in acoustic technology and audio engineering. Jons’ professional career started in the field of Earthquake monitoring, telemetry and recording equipment but has always had parallels with music and acoustics. A stint at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton for some 20 years followed, Jon developed a keen interest in the science of sound, as well as maintaining a passion for music production and performance. Since developing SoCo Music Project with Matt, Jon has been involved in all aspects of the running and development of a dynamic and expanding arts organisation. As well as the strategic planning and delivery of music activities, Jon has maintained his interest in acoustic engineering by designing and overseeing the build of several recording and radio studio projects. Contact Jon
Matt is a trained sound engineer and music composer, with experience of working in some exciting London recording studios and producing music for film and television. Matt’s career has taken many turns, including spells in retail, electronic engineering, IT and graphic design. A passion for music has been a consistent theme that lead to Matt gaining qualifications in sound engineering and music production. After introducing young people to music technology in schools across London, Matt discovered the value of engaging and inspiring children and young people through positive and creative opportunities. On returning to his home town of Southampton, Matt co-founded SoCo Music Project with Jon after identifying a need for co-ordinated music activities that produced positive social outcomes in the city. Matt has a keen interest in music performance and production, as well as a passion for promoting the cultural offer of the city. Contact Matt
Louis is an instrumentalist, composer, workshop leader, producer and recording engineer. He is very passionate about all aspects of music making and has worked with many people, exploring a range of genres, playing many instruments, and using all sorts of production tools. As a workshop leader he enjoys working towards expanding his offer by learning new methods of music creation and hopes to engage and inspire people through his practice.
Louis also works in Hightown Studios recording and producing bands and artists. He is focused on achieving the best results possible and whether it’s working with a band or with workshop participants Louis believes that music can be accessible to everybody and aims to do everything he can to support creativity and expression. Contact Louis
Mark was classically trained on flute, saxophone and clarinet, performing in county orchestras, jazz bands and big bands. Looking to turn his passion for music into a career by studying Music Performance at Kingston University, he played in a variety of rock, jazz, funk and soul bands. Over the duration of the course, Mark developed a strong interest in teaching and music therapy.
After completing his degree, Mark moved to Southampton in order to work for SoCo Music Project as a Creative Practitioner and Project Coordinator and to pursue his passion for working with young people in the arts sector. Since joining the SoCo team, Mark has completed the PTLLS course and become an Arts Award Gold Advisor and is now the Activities Manger for The Courthouse project in Eastleigh, developing an exciting and varied programme of activities and events for the local community. Contact Mark
Marie is a committed, passionate and skilled arts professional with over eight years experience working in live and participatory arts (with a specialism in music), creative learning, and the strategic development of innovative arts and cultural programmes. Throughout her career she has gained a diverse base of knowledge and expertise from working for organisations that are inspirational and innovative in the sector.
Marie currently works freelance for SoCo Music Project as the Youth Projects Development Manager and believes that arts experiences are an extremely powerful tool for exploring issues, ideas and building confidence in young people and inspiring young minds to be creative.
Marie is passionate about live music, specifically folk and emerging genres. Contact Marie
Nia studied music at Cardiff University where her principal study was voice. After a successful career in Events Management running Cheltenham Music Festival Nia retrained as a classroom music teacher. Since becoming fully qualified Nia has coached students of all ages and abilities from supporting students to get an A in music A-Level and teaching 8 year olds to read music to getting adults to sing for the very first time. Nia is currently running several community choirs in Southampton, coordinating and implementing vocal strategy in the city and delivering music workshops and one to one teaching to all age ranges.
Nia believes that involvement in music at any level enriches your life and hopes to pass that on to as many people as possible.
Ignacio Agrimbau is a composer, instrumentalist, workshop leader and ethnomusicologist. His creative projects include commissions (The Gate Theater, Exaudi Choir, Farnham Maltings), recorded music releases (Ikkun Kwabena, After the Rain, Anatomy of the Self) and regular performances as a composer/performer (Edinburgh Festival, Turner Sims, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Battersea Arts Centre).
Ignacio has worked as a tutor in harmony, composition and theory at the University of Southampton and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. As a workshop leader he’s delivered projects for Spitalfields Music, Drake Music, SoCo, Consensus Care and as a long term Music Specialist at Exeter House Special School. Since 2011 he has been completing a PhD research project at SOAS which involves working closely with musicians from Ghana and Iran.
Sal Resco Chitulu is a performer, poet/rapper, producer, Dj, creative practitioner and a youth worker. He has been involved in the local music scene for over a decade, in the process founding the music outfit route2roots and putting on music events, working with various bands and artists. Over the years he has worked alongside a plethora of national and international artists performing at various gigs and festivals and setting up numerous jam sessions/open mic nights across venues in Southampton. Sal has in-depth experience of running youth music workshops and projects in schools, youth centers, supported housing and with young offenders.
He has worked with and for various community and voluntary groups with young people who are hard to engage, and has used his range of skills to empower and help the young people toward their personal development. From a personal perspective, language, lyric writing and performing has been an integral part of his development as an artist.
Pedro is a rapper, composer, vocal tutor and creative practitioner. He is a Philosophy and Music graduate, currently finishing his Masters in Music Performance at the University of Southampton. During his undergraduate studies Pedro also took modules in Music Therapy allowing him to understand and appreciate the curative benefits of musical interaction/communication.
Pedro is a passionate and driven young practitioner who has already worked in an array of local schools, community centers and care homes providing and assisting creative workshops. As a creative practitioner Pedro aims to engage and motivate disengaged young people via music.
With SoCo Pedro is assisting and starting to lead his on MCing and songwriting workshops, challenging young people to be creative and expressive through music. Pedro thoroughly believes that music is a form of language that allows us to communicate and channel complex emotions, which facilitates self-expression and creativity.
Louise is a singer, songwriter, musician, composer and freelance Music Leader. As well as performing her own music across the UK and Europe Louise worked with organisations across Wiltshire and Hampshire. As a qualified secondary school teacher and former youth worker Louise is passionate about enabling young people of all musical abilities to access and enjoy music in the way they choose, to progress and develop new skills from songwriting to recording, performing and arranging.
Louise enjoys creating innovative learning opportunities for young musicians of all backgrounds and has worked in the past with young people with special educational needs, young carers, young offenders, homeless families and young refugees. Louise is particularly fascinated by the way music can enhance communication skills, literacy, build self-confidence and self-respect as well as group work and interpersonal skills. Louise has recently completed training as a Bronze and Silver Arts Award Advisor